¥’s Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) was a college access program that was federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education designed to help students in foster care prepare for post-secondary education.

KKGU offered a variety of free services to participants that helped them gear up for a postsecondary education.

In September of 2023, KKGU finished the last year of federal funding for the 2015-2023 grant cycle. No services are provided at this time. However, the scholarship is still available for students who participated in GEAR UP. The Scholarship application is available at

For more information, contact Corinne Nilsen at corinne.nilsen@wichita.edu.